The Harlan Green Dragons (9-4) have extended their win streak to six knocking off Clay County, TN 56-54 in the championship game of the Monticello Bank Classic held at Wayne County High School.
Jordan Akal led all scores with 25 points going 6 for 6 at the charity stripe and connecting on 8 field goals.
Tennessee Tech signee Grant Strong pitched in 21 points on the evening after a 40 point performance the night before. The Dragons defensive effort to limit touches for strong was effective throughout much of the game. Defensive pressure created a turnover to secure the game. Strong was unable to get a shot off as time expired.
Key reserve Matthew Pennington came off the bench to give the Dragons an enormous lift defensively grabbing multiple rebounds and blocking a critical shot down the stretch.
Gist connected on two free throws late in the game to push the Dragons ahead 51-49, a lead they never relinquished.
Kaleb Mclendon, Jae’dym Gist, and Will Austin were named to the All-Tournament Team. Senior Jordan Akal, averaged 22 points over the three game span, took home Most Valuable Player honors.
Kyler Mclendon 6, Will Austin 9, Kaleb Mclendon 8, Jae’dyn Gist 6, Matthew Pennington 2
The Green Dragons will return to action at home on Tuesday, January 4th as they look to avenge an early season loss to the Panther Doc Pikeville.